Home to the Canadian Oil and Gas Industry

By: Douglas Scott

Calgary is located in Canada at the foot hills of Albertas Rocky Mountains. Home to much of the Canadian oil and gas industry, Calgary is a vibrant modern city filled with modern amenities and skyscrapers.

The city has taken care to ensure that numerous green areas are easily accessible. The city runs from the foothills of the Rockies in the north west to the rolling hills and farm country of the south east. It is divided into four quadrants intersecting at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers

In 1991, The City adopted the Red Pasque Flower as its official floral emblem

17 Avenue is the place to be during the evening hours. 17 Ave offers many shops and restaurants that suits every one's tastes. There are no shortage of bars, pubs and dance floors either. 4 Street SW is mostly known as a dining district, 4 St has a fine selection of restaurant lounges. A pedestrian friendly street with a lively after work scene.

The Palace and Outlaws night clubs also feature classic and up and coming rock performers, while alternative and rave music can be found in the Night Gallery club. Jazz and Blues fans will be delighted by the Calgary Jazz Festival, held every year in July.

Stephen Avenue Walk is a pedestrian zone lined with shops leading to a five block shopping complex. The city is a shoppers paradise. Local gemstones, handmade arts and crafts, antiques, Inuit art, designer Western wear and stylish fashions are to be found here. The shops at Eau Claire are unique, and you will not find them at other malls around the city

In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter Games and one of the fastest ice skating rinks in the world was built to accommodate these games. Canada Olympic Park, site of many of the events in the 1988 Olympics, is located about five minutes from downtown and features several lifts and lots of artificial snow.

For a real adrenaline rush, watch the Nordic ski jumpers as they launch themselves off the 90 meter ski jump and float hundreds of feet through the air. For a more relaxed skiing experience, Wintergreen Ski Area lies just outside the rustic hamlet of Bragg Creek, a 40-minute drive from downtown

Calgary Tower, during the 1988 Winter Olympics, a flame burned at the top of this famous building. Now, it is a major tourist attraction, known for its spectacular views of the city.

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